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Fluorouracil (5-FU), Irinotecan (Campto), Cisplatin (Platinol, Platinol-AQ), Xeloda, Avastin (Bevacizumab), Erbitux (Cituximab), Epirubicin, Methotrexate (Folex, Mexate, Amethopterin), Taxol (Paclitaxel), Eloxatin (Oxaliplatin)
What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Chemotherapies.
None, but for me I am receiving my medicine through a port in my chest, I have a small pump with a bag that they change once a week. my medicine is 5fu. The only side effect that I have is that I am alway hungry, I can not seem to get enough to eat. No nausea or cramping, no mouth sores or peeling skin. Just extremely hungry all the time.
10/15/09 - 1/6/10 (roughly). No huge effects. Some light fatigue and nausea. 11/1/10 - 2/28/11. Extreme fatigue, some nausea and vomiting. Kidney failure resulting in dialysis (November 11)
5 FU via port 2 x 5 days. Started Jan. 24 2012. No major side effects. Constipation.
Fatigue, feeling very cold, emotional side effects
First circle two times for one week during radiation, second circle stopped after the first week because of acute leucopenia.
My mum went through a number of drugs to treat the cancer which kept on returning almost every single year from 2008-2011: Avasatin, Xeloda, Folfox, Folfiri, Erbitux. The side-effects are almost always similar: nausea, tiredness, vomiting, loss of appetite, mouth and throat sores. The first day after chemo she never manages to sleep well.
3 treatments every two weeks with neupogen shots after every treatment. White blood cross ave been a problem but my platelets are what concern me. They have continued to decline and are not rebounding back between treatments. other concerns which are minor but irritating is the coldness everywhere especially the throat, hands and feet. Fatigue is manageable now after 3 months. Metal tasting mouth and bad breath right after treatment ....yuk! Lack of appetite seems to occur during the treatment week but subsides the following week.
I really don't recall the chemo drugs I was on but I never lost my hair and never was nauseous. I had little appetite which caused a huge weight loss.
Alt Folfiri/Folfox 2010/Feb through 2010/June Folfiri/Erbitux started 2011/March Changed to Folfox/Avastin 2011/Oct Clinical trials 2012/Sept
Neuropathy in toes arms diarreha constitpation pain when going. I have fissures now because of not being able to go which is causing bleeding and immense pain even hours after. Pain in jaw when I first eat. heart palpitations. No more mouth sores or fevers since I have been taking vitamins b and magnesium with zinc. Numbness in both hands and feet and cramping
First treatment on 8-16-12 of FOLFOX Avastin begins 8-30 with second treatment Side effects: mouth soreness, sensitivity to cold
Folfox6 November 13, 2012. 12 treatment cycles over 6 months, end date April 18, 2013. Oxaliplatin-allergic reaction, tongue numbness, profuse sweating, numbness in hands. Benadryl for two days. Immediate neuropathy in hands and feet, sensitivity to cold, very weak, chest pressure, numbness and tingling in limbs. 5FU- nausea' headache, diarrhea, itchy skin, no appetite, vision problems, dizziness
6 weeks 3000mg xeoda pre surgery. 4 month 5000mg xelota post surgery. Oxi recommended. Tried but side effects too extreme. No hair loss. Tired and weak. Low energy with uncontrolled diarrhea.
5FU & Oxaliplatin
Chemo was 1 day a week for 5 weeks and I went after I had my radiation treatment. They made me very tired and weak feeling. Some days I just had to go home and go to bed. Was only sick a couple of times but kept diarrhea the whole time I was having the chemo treatments, going to the bathroom some days as many as 11-12 times.
Xeloda (oral chemo) for two and a half weeks. I was supposed to have it for five weeks, but my platelet counts wouldn't stay up. I was diagnosed with Chronic ITP (an auto-immune platelet disease) shortly after I finished treatment.
May 2010-July 2010: 24 hour, continuous 5FU infusion, Mondays-Fridays November 2010-January 2011 :Folfox December 2011-April 2012
FOLFOX started 2/11/2012 and ended on 7/18/12. The oxaliplatin in the FOLFOX caused peripheral neuropathy.
Began with Xeloda in pill form that was simultaneous with my Radiation. 6 weeks Mon-Fri. Didn't have any problems with this drug whatsoever. March 2014 began Oxaliplatin and 5FU for the next 6 months. I where a pump for 48 hours of continuous infusion every other week. I was told to be cautious of cold weather and cold drinks or any other type of cold items. So drinking everything at room temp is pretty boring but I did find out what happens if you do try to tempt fate and drink a cold substance----it felt like I was swallowing shards of glass down the back of my throat. YIKES. So far, I have only noticed a bit of nausea during the week of treatment and fatigue, but I know it is early and these symptoms will undoubtedly worsen as time goes on. Not looking forward to this. Really have dreaded the whole chemo thing.
I had 2 chemotherapy drugs. Eloxatin (oxaliplatin) which was given through my port at my Oncologist's office. I also took Xeloda which is a chemotherapy drug (pills) taken at home. I also had a wonderful Oncologist who worked well with my surgeon.
5-fu orally before surgery 11/12 - 12/12. The oral chemo did a number on my stomach lining. After surgery did 8 FOLFOX treatments 3/13 - 7/13, side effects were sensitivity to cold, some nausea but not bad, and tired.
FOLFOX every two weeks for 12 treatments total through a port installed in my chest. Started 3/17/14. Main side effects are fatigue and bouts of nausea. Catheter from my port ruptured 2 months into treatment. Port replaced 7/3/14.
June 2013 - December 2013
CHEMO 1/2/2012, CHEMO 8/1/2012, CHEMO 7/1/2013 HAIR LOSS
10/13/14 - 11/26/14 (1st Round) 12/23/14 for 5 weeks (2nd Round)
folofox: 3/14-9/14, starting again 1/15
Avastin-high blood pressure Eloxatin-extreme sensitivity to cold, neuropathy, became allergic so I had to add steroids & anti-allergen Erbitux-serious rash over body from head to feet (looked like I had a very bad case of acne), dry skin Fluorouracil-dry, cracking painful hands & feet. Irinotecan-loss of hair, diarrhea Xeloda-dry skin, irritated throat Stivarga (Feb 2015-current) serious fatigue, high blood pressure, hand-foot problem, aching joints, nausea Due to all the treatments I have/had: dry mouth, lack of sleep, depression, anxiety. I also had Zometa to keep bones strong. Unfortunately, I have now been diagnosed with osteonecrosis of the jaw. Due to the pain, I am now on daily dose of pain meds.
Capecitabine, Tablet form chemotherapy, two tablets a day, three week on, one week off. Side Effects, Sickness, Fatigue, Blotchy skin.
Xeloda- oral chemo, twice a day for 7 weeks, June 22-August 7, headaches, tightness in chest after physical activity, leukopenia Intravenous- 4 months of chemo after surgery, details have yet to be determined
Started chemo 1/4/2016
First visit to oncologist 29th March.
2/14/13 12 rounds of 5FU. Dropped the Oxaliplatin after 5 rounds because of moderate neuropathy. After metastasis to liver, 12 rounds of Zeloda. From 9/14-1/15
Started Chemotherapy on July 18,2016
Started July 18th to continue until August 29th, 2016
Folfox, Avastan, neulasta Side effects: constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, hair loss, neuropathy, loss of appetite, weakness
6 weeks Flourcil (pills) and radiation Oct - Nov 2015 10 sessions IV chemo (avastin, oxilaplatin,irenitecan, 5-Fu) Apr - Sep 2016 Hands and feet numness Little nausea Fingernails thinned Balding
Chemotherapy 10 months - 2012/2013 - severe neuropathy in feet remains, usual side effects: hair loss, skin problems, sores in throat and esophagus, finger nails fell off, sick and tired.